Designing A School Library Media Center For The Future / Edition 2

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Designing a school library media center may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so take advantage! In this hands-on guidebook, school library construction and media specialists Rolf Erikson and Carolyn Markuson share their experiences of working on more than 100 media center building projects around the country, using conceptual plans from actual school libraries.

Combining all aspects of design for the school library media center-floor plans, furniture, technology, bidding, and evaluation-this newly updated edition addresses: Current and future technological needs of the student population, Unique needs of the community library that combines school and public library services, Sustainabilty and conservation issues to help designers and planners "go green", Accessibility requirements, including all ADA regulations from the first edition plus the latest material on learning styles and accessibility, Cost control and ways to minimize mistakes using proven bidding and evaluation methods. With 30 new illustrations and floor plans and an updated glossary of technical terms, readers will be knowledgeable and organized when discussing plans with contractors and vendors. Using the guidance here, you'll avoid the classic building and renovation hazards and build a library media center for the future!

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Editorial Reviews

If you are a library professional who is contemplating a new or renovated facility, this is a must purchase. Between them, the authors have designed over 100 new and renovated libraries, and their experience shows. They will take you from "seeing the big picture" to construction, delivery, installation, and moving in. The useful appendix includes Web sites, selected readings, a furniture manufacturers listing and more. The book has an attractive page layout and excellent diagrams and floor plans (including one that is three-dimensional). Appropriate proverbs and quotes are sprinkled throughout. The advice is solid and sage. Design is approached utilizing Information Power as an umbrella. The section on "the librarian's role" in the Working Successfully with Key Players chapter is especially apt. The discussion of furniture options and requirements is detailed. This is a thoughtful approach to the complete process from well-regarded experts in the field. Highly recommended. 2001, American Library Association, 109p, illus, bibliog, index, 28cm, 00-042025, $39.00. Ages Adult. Reviewer: Rita M. Fontinha; Lib. Media Spec., Norwood H.S., Norwood, MA January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
AGERANGE: Ages 11 to Adult.

Although this professional resource focuses on designing a school library media center, the information and tips in the updated edition may also be useful to a youth services librarian involved in the design of a children's or young adult section of a public library. Especially useful are the appendixes that include a list of the common architectural symbols used on blueprints, suggested space allocations for the main areas of a typical library media center, and basic specifications and recommendations on shelving and furniture. The authors' intent is to offer adequate information and background on what occurs during the planning and construction process of a new facility so that a librarian can be an integral part of the design team and able to make suggestions and note problems an architect might not foresee. Chapters cover planning, technology needs, space allocation, zone and furniture plans, furnishings, lighting, acoustics, inclusion and accessibility, and combined public and school facilities. Black-and-white photographs and floor plans supplement the text as do lists of related Web sites and selected readings. The index allows for quick access to specific information. The book is perfect for a district-level library media coordinator's professional collection and for the building-level librarian involved in the design of a new facility. Reviewer: Ruth Cox Clark
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

School Library Journal

Any librarian involved in the planning and designing of a media center will find this newly updated edition an invaluable guide. The first chapter outlines the overall process, including educating oneself, hiring a consultant, forming committees, visiting other libraries, developing budgets for furniture and technology, etc. Successive chapters include information and tips for communication and careful program planning, preparing for the development of future technology, analyzing current and future space needs, creating an attractive interior, providing easy accessibility, and creating libraries for school and public services. A brief chapter looks at using environmentally friendly products and suggests judicious use of energy. Numerous black-and-white photos, drawings, and diagrams complement the text. Appendixes provide symbols for understanding architectural drawings; suggestions for space allocations, shelving, chair and table heights, and furniture specifications; and a list of sources for furniture and fixtures. The text concludes with an additional reading list and a detailed index.
—Susan ShaverCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal
This book covers researching, planning, constructing, and moving into a new school media center. The chapters dealing with overseeing specification and bidding processes and meeting accessibility guidelines are particularly helpful. The text is broken into manageable bites with headings, listings, and sidebars that explain technical terms. Useful diagrams include the very necessary progress flow chart, a bubble diagram, and flat and three-dimensional architectural sketches. Cartoons and quotations lighten things up. Excellent appendixes include architectural symbols; space allocations and adjacencies; sample data forms; shelving, table, and chair measurements; furniture specifications and manufacturers; a list of selected readings; and some terrific Web sites. Buy this book for yourself and for all of the stewards of your project.-Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Sharing their experience of working on around 100 school building projects, Erikson (library media specialist, Minuteman School of Applied Arts and Sciences) and Markuson (a private consultant) provide a guide for library renovation efforts. They explain how to implement new school library standards and demystify changes resulting from technology, while paying attention to costs and addressing the special needs of children. Included are ten conceptual plans for actual school libraries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909454
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 1/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,152,890
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures     vii
Foreword   Ross J. Todd     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Seeing the Big Picture: What to Expect and When to Expect It     1
The Process     1
Working Successfully with Key Players: The Art of Communication     6
The Librarian's Role     6
Developing Working Relationships     7
Communication Tips     8
Planning Your Program: It's Never Too Soon!     10
Planning for Technology: The Essential Ingredients     13
The Challenge of Technology     14
A Connectivity Primer     15
Electrical Requirements     18
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)     18
Telephone and Fax     18
Theft Prevention     18
Library Media Center Classroom     19
Small-Group Study Rooms     19
Videoconferencing and Distance Learning Classroom     19
LCD Projectors and Interactive Whiteboards     20
Mixed-Platform Challenges     21
Data-Driven Decision Making (D3M) and Data Warehousing     21
Planning and Uncertainty     21
Planning Space Allocation: An IntegratedApproach     22
Initial Considerations     22
Location of the Library     23
Library Entrances     23
Functional Areas     23
The Print Collection     24
Seating Capacity     25
Technology Requirements     25
Descriptive Specifications     26
Spatial Relationships Diagram     26
Creating a Functional Interior: Zone and Furniture Plans     29
Zone Plans     29
Furniture Plans     30
A High School Library Furniture Plan     39
Serving Multigrade Populations     40
The Result of Exemplary Planning     41
Creating an Inviting Interior: Furnishings     45
Furniture Selection     45
Sources for Furniture     46
Key Features     48
Use of Color     59
A Final Word about Furniture Selection and Evaluation     60
Creating a Comfortable Interior: Lighting, Acoustics, Mechanical Design, and Ergonomics     61
Lighting     61
Acoustics     66
Mechanical Design     67
Ergonomics     68
Creating a Green Interior: Sustainability     70
Making the Library Accessible: An Inclusive Approach     72
Americans with Disabilities Act     72
Signage     74
Learning Styles     76
Safety Issues     77
Buying What You Want: Specifications and Bid Documents     79
Specifications     80
General Conditions     81
The Final Phases: Construction, Delivery, Installation, and Moving In     82
Construction     82
Delivery and Installation of Furniture and Equipment     83
Moving In     84
Celebrate     84
Combining Facilities: Joint School-Public Libraries     85
Difficulties     86
Advantages     86
Case Study: Conceptual Design for a Joint-Use Library     87
Challenges     89
Conclusion: Building on the Experience of Others     90
Appendixes     93
Common Architectural Symbols     93
Suggested Space Allocations and Adjacencies     94
Sample Area Data Form     97
General Information on Shelving     99
Recommended Chair and Table Heights     100
Sample Furniture Specification     101
Sources of Furniture and Fixtures      103
Useful Websites     106
Selected Readings     109
Index     113
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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    This book is most disappointing. I expected many floorplans and

    This book is most disappointing. I expected many floorplans and diagrams, but it contains only a handful - and those are all middle and high school media centers. As an elementary school media specialist, I do not find any useful information in this book. Even the links to websites for furniture and other items are out of date. The text is very dense, and all photographs are black and white. Sadly, I will be returning this book - something I never do . However, this one is not worth keeping.

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